Weekly Poll (23)


Eastern Michigan University was recently awarded a U.S. patent for their invention of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid (OIH) coating methods. Do you believe this could potentially replace hazardous heavy metals in the metal coating industry?


Experts have recently expressed concern over the pipes planned for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline, including coating integrity, corrosion and safety. According to reports, the pipes have been sitting above ground with coating dates from 2017. Do you believe that the coating integrity should be a cause for concern?


An institution in Mableton, Georgia, recently installed a solar-reflective coating on its basketball court and playground. Having reduced ground surface temperatures by roughly 10-12 degrees Fahrenheit, do you believe this coating should be applied to similar spaces?


An Australian company recently completed a trial run of its “glow-in-the-dark” highway lines on a portion of road in Victoria. Do you think this photoluminescent technology should be implemented in other locations around the world?


The Canadian government recently published a renewed version of its Federal Agenda regarding volatile organic compound (VOC) controls on industry products. Do you believe the new actions will improve air quality in the country?


After a two-year break, a fundraising campaign to paint a water tower in Hamburg, New York, as a hamburger has returned, with hopes to boost economic development and tourism in the area. Do you believe the campaign will reach its goal this time around?


Do you think the industry has done a good job of introducing new coating systems over the past 12-18 months?


A recent study published by the Swiss-based Environmental Action has found that paint accounts for 58% of microplastics in the world’s oceans and waterways. Do you believe the push for green coatings could be a solution to this issue?


When it comes to selecting a coating system for a project, what do you consider first?


Researchers in Finland say they have found a way to turn wood waste into a coating that resists abrasion, stains and sunlight better than traditional coatings by using lignin, a natural polymer in wood. Do you believe the U.S. should try to adopt this practice of utilizing lignin to strengthen wood on a larger scale?


Now that it’s been officially released, what is your favorite aspect about the new, independent, Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings magazine?


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has recently awarded a $600,000 grant to Rolls-Royce University materials science and engineering professor and technology center director Elizabeth J. Opila with the aim to increase turbine engine coatings’ temperature tolerance by 200 degrees Celsius. If successful, do you see the coatings being utilized in other infrastructure forms?


In May, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced that they had developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they claim to be effective in killing viruses, bacteria and spores. How soon until you think the coating will be brought to the market?


Recently, a team of researchers from the UCLA Smaueli School of Engineering developed an ice-prevention coating. Described as a hydrogel, how long until you think the coating will be available for marine and protective coating applications?


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers recently developed a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology. Do you think the research findings will one day be beneficial to applications in heat transfer, camouflage or even clothing as to protect personal privacy?


In December, global coatings supplier PPG announced that it was planning to implement a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally. Do you think the decision will positively or negatively affect its quarterly sales reports?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


Researchers from the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Welfare Center, Carderock Division are currently evaluating coatings that could possibly mitigate corrosion on Navy vessels. How soon do you think we could see these developing products on the market?


Recently, Tnemec acquired manufacturer company ProPolymer Coatings. Do you think these new products will be a profitable addition?


Recent testing has revealed that a nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid particle erosion, extends the life of steam turbine blades. With these new findings, do you expect more steam and gas turbine blades will have this type of coating?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


 
 
   

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